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Channel 9 speaks with orbiting NC astronaut ahead of record-breaking milestone

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IN TERMS OF THAT, YOU CAN SAY I WAS TRYING TO BE AN ASTRONAUT SINCE I WAS A LITTLE GIRL IN NORTH CAROLINA SHE DIDN'T GET A CHANCE TO BE HOME WITH THE FAMILY OVER CHRISTMAS

INSTEAD, SHE WAS HIGH OVER PLANET EARTH 254 MILES ABOVE THE SURFACE ON THE SPACE STATION TODAY BLAINE TOLISON THROUGH SATELLITE CONNECTION ABOUT HER MISSION AND HOW IN A FEW HOURS SHE WILL MAKE SPACE TRAVEL HISTORY Reporter: AS THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION ORBITED HIGH ABOVE THE EARTH MOVING AT ABOUT 5 MILES A SECOND, WE ESTABLISHED A CONNECTION THROUGH NASA'S MISSION CONTROL IN HOUSTON HOW DO YOU HEAR ME? ON THE OTHER END OF THE LINE — STATION HAS YOU LOUD AND CLEAR

Reporter: ASTRONAUT CRISTINA COOK HELLO, GOOD MORNING IT'S AN HAN OR TO SPEAK WITH YOU AND THANKS FOR BEING ON BOARD TODAY Reporter: THE HONOR ALL OURS AS WE SPOKE TO HER FROM THE GROUND OF HER HOME STATE IN NORTH CAROLINA THERE'S A LOT I MISS FROM NORTH CAROLINA ESPECIALLY MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY DOWN THERE

Reporter: COOK IS COMING HOME IN FEBRUARY BUT ON SATURDAY, SHE IS BREAKING THE RECORD FOR THE LONGEST SINGLE SPACE FLIGHT BY A WOMAN IN HISTORY AND IT'S A RECORD SHE HOPES WILL GET BROKEN IT JUST WOULD MEAN WE'RE CONTINUING TO PUSH THOSE BOUNDARIES Reporter: PART OF HER MISSION INCLUDES LEARNING ABOUT THE EFFECT OF ZERO GRAVITY ON THE BODY SHOULD PEOPLE EVER COLONIZE THE MOON OR MARS SHE HAS BEEN BUSY IN THE LAST 288 DAYS CONDUCTING EXPERIMENTS, TAKING CARE OF THE SPACE STATION, AND ALREADY MAKING HISTORY TAKING PART IN THE FIRST ALL FEMALE SPACEWALK

WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST MEANINGFUL TO YOU PERSONALLY DURING YOUR TIME IN FLIGHT? WHAT MEANS THE MOST TO ME REALLY IS BEING A PART OF THE TEAM THAT GOT ME HERE AND GIVING BACK EVERY DAY TO THAT TEAM Reporter: COOK SPENDS TIME SNAPPING AND POSTING BREATHTAKING PHOTOS OF THE EARTH HER FAVORITES INCLUDE THE NORTHERN AND SOUTHERN LIGHTS SHE INSPIRES ALL ESPECIALLY GIRLS COOK ANSWERED QUESTIONS GIVEN TO ME FROM 9 AND 10-YEAR-OLD SISTERS IN MATTHEWS AND ASKED IF SHE ALWAYS WANTED TO GO TO SPACE AND HOW LONG IN TOOK HER I HAVE WANTED TO BE AN ASTRONAUT EVER SINCE I WAS A LITTLE GIRL

Reporter: COOK IS FROM JACKSONVILLE AND WENT TO NC STATE IN 2013, NASA SELECTED HEARD AS PART OF THE FIRST HALF MALE, HALF FEMALE ASTRONAUT CLASS OF AFTER SIX YEARS OF TRAINING SHE MADE IT TO THE STARS SHE ALWAYS DREAMED ABOUT YOU DO ATTAIN THOSE GOALS, THEY ARE REWARDING AND ARE THE ONES THAT END UP GIVING THE MOST BACK TO THE WORLD AROUND YOU COOK IS BREAKING PEGGY WHITSON'S RECORD WITH THE MOST RECORD FOR DAYS IN SPACE COOK RETURNS TO EARTH ON

Source: Youtube

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